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Blizzard Entertainment Irvine Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  • The pay wasn't great, especially for the cost of living in Southern California (in 23 reviews)

  • Work/life balance can be a bit tough at times (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Dream Job: brilliant people, inspiring projects, and a culture of family!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Passionate people
    - Super intelligent colleagues
    - Culture of learning & growing
    - Relaxed, friendly work environment
    - Family-friendly with good work-life balance
    - Stability
    - Excellent benefits
    - People have fun while creating fun for others!

    Cons

    - Compensation is not as competitive as comparable jobs at other companies
    - Cost of living is high
    - Large, risk-averse company means that change happens slowly

    Advice to Management

    Overall the C-suite and senior leadership is doing a fantastic job. Feedback is consistently sought, and they're always looking for ways to level up the company.

    Providing a clearer picture of career progression would be a significant improvement. Additionally, many managers across the company could use training and assistance with providing meaningful, actionable feedback to their reports about their areas of strength and weakness.

    While one of Blizzard's core values is "Gameplay First", it can sometimes feel like employees who are not designers on game teams are second class citizens; continuing to push the "one Blizzard team" initiative and provide opportunities to shine for other disciplines will help combat this feeling.

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Could be the perfect employer if it wasn't for compensation woes..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    + Company culture and values are great and really affect the business decisions here
    + Benefits other than base compensation are pretty good

    Cons

    - Compensation isn't particularly good nor competitive with the rest of the industry

    Advice to Management

    Value and provide better base salaries in order to retain talent.


  3. "#blizzlife"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people who are passionate about the work they do
    excellent benefits and culture
    dog friendly
    Starbucks on campus is legit

    Cons

    campus is a bit spread out and I'm always 5 mins late to meetings

    Advice to Management

    stay focused on being epic


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  5. "Hands-Down The Best Company I've Ever Worked For"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Blizzard, first and foremost, cares about their players. They are dedicated to bringing the best experience to their players as possible, and it really shows in every aspect of work life. I have never felt more valued as an employee than I do at Blizzard. I'm a pretty low man on the totem pole, but my ideas are heard and valued, and I have never felt more comfortable or at home with a company than I do with Blizzard. The advancement opportunities for employees are also far more varied and available than with other companies I've worked for.

    Plus, you can bring your dogs to work. How cool is that?

    Cons

    If you're brought on as a temp or a contractor, you can sometimes feel a little disconnected from the Blizzard community as a whole, but they're taking steps toward eliminating that divide to make sure every employee feels valued.


  6. "More than a job - a very special place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Sets the standard for quality and creativity in games and increasingly, for entertainment overall
    - Incredibly passionate employee base
    - Values-driven organization that really cares about people and what we all think
    - Stable, profitable and great bonuses and benefits
    - Desire to consistently get better everyday
    - Cheaper cost of living vs. LA or SF

    Cons

    - Consensus driven culture can slow down decision-making
    - Still figuring out how to scale across multiple franchises successfully
    - Can be more ambitious

    Advice to Management

    Push the organization to think bigger and take advantage of all our opportunities. Stay vigilant on quality as we continue to expand. Continue to level up leaders and managers.


  7. "Working at Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, CA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very passionate employees, strong executive leadership, strong emphasis on work/life balance, numerous on campus benefits including, gym, pool table, cafe, volleyball court

    Cons

    Getting hired in to Blizzard is tough, as there are numerous applicants for almost every job, and they are very selective in whom they hire


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Blizzard, Have a Beautiful Day!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Teamwork, Culture, Family Values, Games

    Cons

    Deadlines, Organisational Barriers, Duplicated Work

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of the challenges and risks of products/projects to assist in execution.


  9. "QA Analyst Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - QA Analyst Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Intern - QA Analyst Intern in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work - life balance and a great work environment. Surrounded by passionate and friendly people. The Intern department puts a lot of effort into giving interns a great experience (lot of intern events).

    Cons

    Offices have very little sunlight


  10. "Game master"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Game Master in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - Game Master in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was the best work environment! I worked 3rd shift and we would play games after lunch at work. We would run around the cubicles and try to get a ball past bases that were set up at either end of the office. We are computer geeks so I suppose they wanted us to get some exercise! XD They would bring in food for lunch or dinner when we were in crunch time, free soda, and you get to work for BLIZZARD! Thats a pro in and of itself!

    Cons

    The pay. It was on the lower end but the perks made up for it, in my mind. I was a temp through Volt for only 9 months. Management did not give ANY direction as to how to be a game master. I struggled with that. I was not sure how to handle certain situations so I would ask my supervisor. This would take up time that I could have been working!

    Advice to Management

    Better training for the game master team in regard to how to handle yourself online and in difficult situations.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "When it fits, it fits. A company that feels like coming home."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    For those of us who make it past the gates and into a seat here know what I mean when I say - "It feels like finding home". The core values live within the culture and are demonstrated in daily actions by employees. Compensation and benefits are strong, and there is a "one-team, one-dream" feel to profit-sharing.

    Cons

    Can be very process-driven, it makes change happen slowly at times. The bar is very high for performance and promotions can be slow to come by. You have to work really hard to exceed expectations which can erode some of the exalted "work-life balance".

    Advice to Management

    You people are pretty amazing and have had the privilege of working closely with many of you. Senior Management is an extremely smart and talented group, but would like to see more female VPs +. Maybe even an EVP sometime soon!?


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